Pakistan bats first, New Zealand calls in Daniel Vettori

2014-11-26 00:53:03 | Al Muslim News
Pakistan bats first, New Zealand calls in Daniel Vettori


SHARJAH: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and decided to bat first for the third and final Test match against New Zealand in Sharjah on Wednesday. Mohammad Hafeez has made a comeback after missing the second Test due to injury. Hafeez has replaced out-of-form Taufeeq Umar for the opening position. Pakistan, leading the series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Abu Dhabi, also replaced paceman Ehsan Adil for Mohammad Talha. In a surprise move, New Zealand has called in their former captain and veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori who would be playing his 112th Test — a national record. Vettori whose back problems have confined him to limited-overs matches, beats the 111 caps compiled by former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming. This Test would be Vettori's first game since July 2012. According to cricketing experts, Vettori's inclusion could strengthen the Kiwi's spin department and play a decisive role in the concluding Test. The 35-year-old left-arm spinner has replaced Jimmy Neesham. Teams (from): Pakistan: Shan Masood, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Talha, Zulfiqar Babar, Rahat Ali. New Zealand: BB McCullum (capt), TWM Latham, KS Williamson, LRPL Taylor, CJ Anderson, DL Vettori, BJ Watling (wk), MD Craig, TG Southee, IS Sodhi, TA Boult..

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